New Digital Technology Provides 3-D Breast Exams

A new 3-demensional breast exam technology, called tomosynthesis, has been introduced as an alternative to traditional mammograms for detecting breast cancer. In the past, conventional mammograms have commonly tested with inaccuracy, and patients have often been called back for a second, follow-up exam. Tomosynthesis takes a 3-dimensional image of the breast; which is thought to increase the accuracy of the exam and decrease many of the false alarms raised by traditional mammograms by as high as 40-percent. However, tomosynthesis is more expensive than conventional mammograms (that use film) due to the digital technology used to perform it. Whether or not tomosynthesis can replace the mammograms in the future is still uncertain.


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